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Coordinated efforts to implement SDGs stressed

Speakers at a programe here today underscored the need for taking coordinated efforts by ministries, divisions, NGOs, civil society and development partners for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

They said Bangladesh became successful in achieving the MDGs because of working with all concerned including the development partners. If coordinated efforts are made it would be helpful for Bangladesh to achieve the targets of SDGs, they added.

General Economics Division organized the programme to unveil the cover of guidebook styled "Handbook on Mapping of Ministries by Targets in the implementation of SDGs aligning with 7th Five Year Plan (2016-2020).

Planning Minister AFM Mustafa Kamal chaired it while LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain attended it as chief guest.

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, SDG coordinator Abul Kalam Azad, UNDP Bangladesh Country Director Sudipto Mukerjee, WB's lead economist Dr Zahid Hussain, former advisers to caretaker government Rasheda K Chowdhury and Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman and senior member of the general economic division of the Planning Minister Dr Shamsul Alam, among others, spoke at the event.

Khandker Mosharraf Hossain said as a signatory to the agenda, the government is committed to implement the SDGs. Bangladesh made tremendous success in the implementation of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and it would also set a unique example in the world in achieving the targets of SDGs through implementing the vision 2021 and 7th Five Years Plan, he added.

He said rural economy needs to be invigorated to eliminate extreme poverty, the main target of SDGs, completely by 2030.

Mahmood Ali said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina launched vision-2021 much before the announcement of SDGs. Now concentrated efforts will have to be made to achieve the SDGs, he said, adding that non-availability of necessary data and information is a challenge in this regard.

Planning Minister Mustafa Kamal said Bangladesh had been able to implement the MDGs ahead of time and expressed the hope that Bangladesh would also be able to implement the SDGs timely to free the country from poverty and hunger.

WB's lead economist Dr Zahid Hussain said huge funds are needed to implement some targets of the SDGs and for this reasons, Bangladesh needs to ensure optimum use of its own resources and increase the foreign investments.

He suggested Bangladesh to give more attention to four targets-poverty alleviation, elimination of hunger, job creation and reduction of disparity.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)